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The Dead Fish
The Dead Fish

The Dead Fish Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.thedeadfish.com
  • Phone: (510) 787-3323
  • Hours of Operation: Daily 11 am - 10 pm
    Weekend and Monday Holiday Brunch 11 am - 3 pm
  • Payment Options: Diners Club, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, Prime Rib
  • Executive Chef: J. C. Becerra
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: We can accommodate your private party of ten in Nemo's Nook, sixty in Vera's Lodge, and any number in between.
  • Private Party Contact: Gene Moreland (510) 787-7280

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Pomona
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: We have two large parking lots.
A word from The Dead Fish
Enjoy spectacular views of the new Carquinez Bridge and serene San Pablo Bay while dining on the lushly planted patio with heated and cooled cabanas and twinkling lights. Unique weekend brunch with specialty cocktails. Specialties include 100% USDA Certified Prime, Prime Rib and whole Dungeness crab. Unique dining rooms for an intimate dinner or a large group. "We may have a funny name but we're dead serious about our food!!"Continued
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerScenic View
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
Diner Reviews
  • "Love going here. The fish entrees are excellent and the atmosphere is great. Perfect water views."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • " Having a cocktail at the bar was very relaxing and a wonderful view."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "I booked a reservation for 5 at 8pm.Once we arrived, all hosts said they never did that reservation nor seen my reservation or name.They didn't recognize it at all and they didn't have a table ready for us.We ended up waiting for 45 minutes or so despite a reservation and we didn't get the outdoor seating my mother wanted.This place should be more organized and if someone has a reservation then have that table ready.If they don't recognize that reservation system online then The Dead Fish shouldn't have it on their website in the first place.The food was okay to good,and we had a nice waiter.The parking and wait with reservation plus the food and seating was not worth it."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Very busy place! Need more outside seating for parties of 6 or 8. long wait at times for outside table reserved in advance. Beautiful setting, people don't want to leave."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "First time at this restaurant. Heard from friends that it was a great place to go and they were right. Food was great, service was fast. The only thing negative is the parking situation. I had to drive around several times before finding a spot - even the street parking up the hill was full. I thought since I went at 6:00pm I would beat the rush. If you are going with a group I would advise parking somewhere else and car pooling in to the restaurant."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "We came to The Dead Fish to celebrate my mom's birthday. Had made reservations the night before and were seated within a few minutes of arriving. Originally we were going to be seated in a booth indoors, even though when making the reservation I requested outdoor seating. We were moved to a cabana outside and it was a pleasant surprise. Privacy for our small group, great view, and amazing service. Dinner was delicious -- my mom and brother each had 1/2 crab with the sauce on the side, I had mixed seafood pasta, my sister in law ordered the fish and chips but sent it back because it was soggy. Enjoyed a bottle of wine that we brought with our appetizers."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Along with being in a quaint little hamlet, the view and fresh fish entrees were outstanding!"
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "The Dead Fish is anything but dead. It's energetic, packed to the house, yet still comfortable and with a nice ambience. I sat outside, which had a beautiful sunset view and the weather was fantastic. The food was great: the salmon was cooked perfectly, and the basa (a flaky, white fish from Vietnam that's very tender) was also cooked to perfection. The service was good, and the waiter was attentive to our "wine" needs. Very friendly and energetic staff. The only caveat I have for guests is that, due to the restaurant being crowded, you may end up getting your main entree shortly after your appetizers, so be sure to tell them that you want to be able to focus on and finish your appetizers before they bring your main course. Enjoy!"
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "Chris, our waiter was extremely attentive. But we noticed the serving plates are smaller and drinks are much smaller in size, but the restaurant has kept the prices steady. Crab and mussels always excellent!"
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "Each time we eat at Dead Fish the experience is better. Food and service are wonderful. Well worth the long drive for us to get there."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "Not to take anything away from the awesome food I've eaten at the Dead Fish over the years, but never once have I not received industry-leading service. Wesley must be a team leader since his attention to detail is so thorough. He has served our group during our groups' July birthday get-together two years in a row now, and has established himself as our server of choice. Thank you!"
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "Consistently good food, service, views and ambience. Still love the corkage policy...keeps me coming back several times a month"
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "As usual, our experience at the Dead Fish was enjoyable. The service was excellent."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "Took my sister for a birthday celebration. Chowder was very good as well as green salad. Sister liked her garlic noodles with crab meat. We both had the sea bass with different toppings. Fish was good but the olive oil in both dishes were a bit overwhelming & made the entree greasy. The asparagus in the vegetable medley had some of the ends not quite removed so was fiberous. The warm bread from Acme was delicious as usual. Would probably not order the fish dishes again. The birthday cake treat was special along with the lit candlelabara."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "I was able to book a table at half an hour's notice so we were surprised to see the parking lot full. There was indeed a table available when we arrived but it didn't have a view of the bay. We were asked if we wanted to wait for one with a view; we declined. On hindsight, we should have waited for one so we could have gotten our money's worth. Prices were pretty expensive relative to the portion size. We needed the view to justify the price. The crispy crab cake was delicious but way overpriced at $15.90 for 2 small pieces. Even the skillet combo was good but not worth $39.95 because the seafood items appeared malnourished. I loved the fries in the fish and chips. The pastas were okay. Service was very good though :)"
    Dined on 7/14/2014
  • "The view here is great. The only problem I had was that it was really salty on some of the foods. Other than that, the service and food was great."
    Dined on 7/14/2014
  • "We went for my girlfriend's birthday and sat outside to enjoy the view. Our server left much to be desired and did not bring a refill for our drinks until the end of the meal nor did he check on us during the meal. We saw him a total of 3 times at our table. All of this could have been overlooked had their not been a table full of loud and extremely intoxicated people behind us who they continued to serve alcohol. This family was playing their own music out of their phone and singing along as if it was a Karaoke bar while yelling inappropriate phrases. Most of the patrons were couples celebrating a special occasion and they ruined it for everyone. The server nor the manager stepped in."
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "Our party of four arrived at the DF at 7:00pm on a very warm evening. Seated outdoors we enjoyed the sunset and changing colors of the Carquinez bridge. The mild weather-felt like we were in HNL! Mickey was our server and she took care of us immediately serving our champagne we brought (no cork fee!), recommending a wonderful dish (crab lasagna) and the homemade cake brought with us (birthday boy received a complimentary dessert as well!). The entire evening was a leisurely dining experience that felt as if we were at a family or friend's home. Thank you DF!"
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "What a great way to celebrate a family member's birthday A good time was had by all."
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "It was a great day for deck dining and the service and their attention to detail were wonderful. I am recommending the restaurant to all my family and business associates. The staff made the experience even that much better."
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "Excellent food the lamb is outstanding hubby says best fish and chips....the crab is some of the best around and so it the bread they bring u.sometimes the server takes a little time to get to your table...but the food and overlooking the delta is worth the wait....love this place"
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "Service was okay, it took them 15 minutes to get to our table, but once the food got there, it was all good."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "We enjoyed a wonderful dinner Saturday evening at the dead fish. We were able to sit outside and enjoy the beautiful view of the Carquinez bridge and Carquinez Straits. The food was outstanding especially the crab and fried artichokes. Our waitress could not have been any better and the service overall was fantastic. Can't wait to come back again."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "We sat outside and the temperature was very moderate and the view amazing. Our server was prompt to take our drink and appetizer order. Within minutes, two martinis were sitting in front of us, along with tasty bread and a basket of some of the best calamari we have ever had. We ordered the crab enchiladas and the sea bass in a light curry broth with clams, mussels and vegetable. Both my wife and I were wonderfully surprised at how amazing the entrees tasted. These were two of the best meals we've had in a long time. Service was prompt and attentive... overall, the experience was an 11 on a 10 point scale. I can't say enough about great this experience was!"
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Had a post-funeral family gathering, easy reservation, wonderful seating with view. All guests, including many from out of town, were captivated by the view. All reports were that the food was great and the service was top notch. Really good restaurant. Parking a challenge, but worth it."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "We were seated right away on the patio. It was a great view of the Carquinez strait. Our waiter, Nick, was charming, attentive and helpful. Our dinner was perfect! What a nice restaurant ."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "We try to go to The Dead Fish at least 3-4 times a month, usually eating dinner before going to the movies. We sit at the bar almost every time and it's always enjoyable. The food is excellent and the bar staff are very friendly."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "I took my boyfriend here for his birthday and everything was great! The service, food and scenery. I would recommend this place for anyone that wants to get their money's worth!"
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "If you are stuck to go somewhere nice and love seafood, this is it. We enjoyed bringing our out of town guests here for their last nite. Fun and easy going, good food. Love the roasted mussels and fish n chips. The garlic noodles with fresh crab is memorable. Tried the calamari this time, very fresh and good flavors! Waitress and lots of staff served us well."
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "It was my very first time eating at The Dead Fish and I was not disappointed. The food was delicious and came out very fast. We started with the Iron Skillet of Muscles, It was amazing! So hot and fresh it was a great pick. For the Entrees we decided to split the Seafood Pasta and a Whole Crab. The crab was huge! They kept true to their "All crabs are over 2 lbs" motto. The only problem was the waitress seemed a bit rude and would disappear from time to time. Besides that I will return soon to try"
    Dined on 7/7/2014
  • "crabs were awesome. service only fair. hostess not very attentive. but again, the reason I would go back is for the delicious crabs."
    Dined on 7/7/2014
  • "I already commented privately to the manager with no response!!"
    Dined on 7/7/2014
  • "A group of friends met here for a birthday dinner. The food was very good, and the specialty cocktails as well. Our waiter was a little slow on filling the water glasses, I had to ask twice. Other than that, we had a great experience."
    Dined on 7/7/2014
  • "I went with a party of 5 for dinner on a Monday night. It was a warm, beautiful night and we sat outside with a fantastic view of the Carquinez bridge. The view here is unbelievable. We started off with Bruschetta, which was incredible. Every one of our main courses was delicious. I had fettucini with fresh tomatoes, olives and shrimp. It was to die for. 2 of my friends had crab, and from looking around at other tables, crab is definitely something I will go for next time. They feature Dungeness crab, which is the best in my opinion. Everything served was delicious. Even their iced tea was good, and served in a cute little glass bottle. I can't wait to go back, and have myself a crab feast!!"
    Dined on 7/7/2014
  • "The Dead Fish is AMAZING. Food, service, everything."
    Dined on 7/7/2014
  • "Friendly, helpful, very personable! She was a treat!!"
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "I was disappointed that we were sat in the bar after having dinner reservations."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "We asked to sit on the patio and our request was honored. Our Waitress provided excellent service. Our out of town guest enjoyed the dining experience."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "I cannot express enough how absolutely delicious our meals were. The flavor just didn't stop - AWESOME!! Service was GREAT, and our Server was very helpful, attentive, polite, and a BIG WOW!! We will definitely be back SOON :0)"
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "I have always been happy with coming to Dead Fish with friends and family over the last few years to enjoy a bottle of wine and seafood. This time I came for brunch and was extremely disappointed. The food was delicious but wasn't what I ordered (I didn't send it back which was my mistake but I didn't want to put a damper on time with my friend). Our server seemed bored and uninterested and was not very engaging to the 3 of us -- never asked if we wanted something else to drink even when our glasses were emptied. She definitely seemed to be having an off day (or an I don't care day). It definitely will make me rethink coming again for lunch, but I will definitely return for wine and oysters in the bar."
    Dined on 7/5/2014